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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is There a Better Zombie Book Than World War Z? on: September 30, 2015, 05:32:40 PM
For outright horror and some truly odd stories about zombies, I loved Skipp and Spector's anthology Book of the Dead.  Sadly, it's out of print.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 30, 2015, 01:16:30 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 29, 2015, 06:33:00 PM

 Batboy is so awkward it's kind of painful to watch, made more frustrating by seemingly how unstoppable the villains are.  

I really like the way they're handling Bruce. The kid is really good in the role.   True, he's a bit older than I expected him to be when he starts training, but the kid is growing up.  No way they can stop that for the show...

...or can they?  Hmmmm
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 28, 2015, 11:52:01 PM
Poor rritchard.  He likes everything the critics savage.   icon_lol   icon_razz
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: September 28, 2015, 11:51:14 PM
The best thing they could do for the show is to fire Tim Kring.  The guy is a hack.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 28, 2015, 08:33:33 PM
I usually follow that advice, but I honestly thought I'd read that Miller had stated there would be no director's cut or whatever later on.  Obviously I mixed it up with something else.   icon_mad
6  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: John Boehner has informed members of Congress that he will resign as Speaker on: September 28, 2015, 07:28:33 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 25, 2015, 10:40:51 PM

I haven't seen anybody popping champagne corks over this yet.

Really?  It was pretty widely reported that Cruz and other extremists within the GOP were dancing a jig as soon as the announcement was made.  The tea party wing nuts wanted him gone for ages.  They were pissed that he had an almost adult view of politics.  Now they can take their toys and jam them in their orifices to their hearts contents.  There's no grown ups around to stop them.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 28, 2015, 07:23:46 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 23, 2015, 12:39:15 PM

Holy cow!  Mad Max in black and white is pretty neat.

I thought it would just be an edit of the trailer but it is the whole film!  (so I bet it gets pulled soon)

I really want to see this version.  But I'm pissed that I bought the movie on blu ray when it came out, but then learned that a special edition was on the way that DOES include the black and white version, as well as a bunch of other stuff. 

Sigh...this time I'll probably double dip though.  I just can't resist with a movie this good. 
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: September 28, 2015, 07:19:51 PM
I have to agree with YK.  Although I disagree that it almost torpedoed the show as I really don't think it would've been much better without Katana Girl.  The only bright spot in the entire mess of this show was Zachary Levi channeling Dirty Harry.  I could watch that for hours.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 11, 2015, 02:18:44 PM
Three recommendations:

White God - An abandoned dog is treated cruelly by humans.  Eventually, he organizes a rebellion of sorts.  A heartbreaking film at times. 

The Dead Lands - Low budget and simplistic, it's still a great little action film. A Maori chief's son seeks vengeance for the slaughter of his tribe in pre Colonial New Zealand. He enlists the aid of a haunted warrior who is both a cannibal and a tragic figure...seriously. It's really well done, in my opinion.

Byzantium - Neil Jordan revisits the topic of vampires.  Lyrical and beautiful, this is definitely not an action film.  But if you are a Jordan fan, it's everything you expect from the director.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 06:33:36 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 09, 2015, 05:30:21 PM

The larger than life characters were fun and it was appropriately crazy/head scratching/awesome/disturbing/WTF.

Whenever I see a film like this, I always remember what Ebert wrote about Cameron's Aliens.

I don't know how else to describe this: The movie made me feel bad. It filled me with feelings of unease and disquiet and anxiety. I walked outside and I didn't want to talk to anyone. I was drained. I'm not sure "Aliens" is what we mean by entertainment. Yet I have to be accurate about this movie: It is a superb example of filmmaking craft.

That last line perfectly describes how I feel about Fury Road.  And while I didn't feel bad after seeing it, I can understand why some might be put off by the bleak and harsh tone of the film.  Miller created a world years ago that he promised could get much, much worse.  With Fury Road, he made good on that promise.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 05:34:35 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on September 09, 2015, 05:16:12 PM


Darn it Lee, you know the rules on alts!

<sorry...just trying to lighten the mood  icon_biggrin >
12  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: September 09, 2015, 04:40:17 PM

I believe all this crap started when we gave dames the right to vote!  


I'm fine with the belief that woman may not be physically equipped for some things.  That I can understand.  But then you had to go and ruin your assertions with sexist drivel.  You may as well have said all women should remain pregnant, barefoot and in the kitchen.  When your beliefs are essentially the same as Muslim fundamentalists, it's time to rethink things.   icon_wink
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....what fresh hell is this? on: September 09, 2015, 04:10:02 PM
What happened with ADT, Ron?  Did they admit they screwed up?  Or did they mysteriously find a reason that it was someone else's fault (as I suspect they will/have)?
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 03:49:26 PM

Yeah, as I said, I was descending into simple bickering.  Not something I wanted to do.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 03:38:46 PM
I'm sure you believe that.   icon_wink much for the attempt to avoid simple bickering, eh?   icon_lol
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 03:37:04 PM
I removed part of my reply (the one you're referring to in the strikethrough paragraph) because I was descending into simple bickering at that point.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 09, 2015, 03:11:43 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 26, 2015, 06:22:14 PM

You guys are weird, I complain about TWD being too slow, the characters annoying, and everyone here thinks I am nuts. This show I liked and everyone seems to think it was too slow and the characters are annoying. icon_smile

One episode later...

Quote from: Lee on September 08, 2015, 09:09:09 PM

Already stopped watching it. Couldn't be bothered on Sunday.

18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 02:58:44 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 08, 2015, 09:07:56 PM

Edit: I should add Hepcat, your post makes it sound like anyone who doesn't like this incredibly great movie is simply being contrarian.

No, just you.  slywink  I actually pointed out it was fine by me if you disliked the film.  Bullwinkle points out why you raised my hackles quite succinctly.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 08, 2015, 08:45:01 PM
I'm still meh on it.  But it's early in the game.  Hopefully they'll develop the characters beyond the incredibly thin stereotypes they've so far given us.  Right now it just seems like "Walking Dead by Committee".
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 08, 2015, 08:17:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 06, 2015, 01:59:01 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 06, 2015, 05:55:19 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 06, 2015, 05:07:13 AM

That was pretty clearly spelled out, too, I thought.

Probably was, the opening scenes of the movie were not doing much for me attention span. The rest of the movie that particular subject matter seemed trivial and quickly forgotten. Came across as an excuse for a weak plot more than anything else. "We need a reason for Max to get strapped to the front of a car. That sure would look cool and be kind of shocking." They of course dropped it after the opening scene.

Kudos to you for paying attention Bullwinkle!

Well, again, there wasn't much paying attention to get that info.

I don't know, Lee, it sounds like you went into this movie with your arms crossed and refused to be entertained.

I haven't heard anyone be so against the film.  Even I mentioned earlier that it didn't quite hook me, that the story was shallow and Max is barely there, but I wouldn't say it's a bad film.  Far from it.  And I was certainly entertained.

This is the #1 movie of 2015 on Rotten Tomatoes, and it has among the highest audience review scores of the year, too.

I'm not saying you have to like the film, but your anger toward it is puzzling.

Yup.  Seems to be more of a contrarian opinion than anything else.  A belief that's backed up when he then writes:

If you liked the movie, great. I hated it and you guys can explain it all you want and it will never convince me.

after everyone explains to him the parts he couldn't understand and thus deemed "stupid".

I'm fine with not liking it.  But let's not try to insinuate that means those who did enjoy it have lesser taste in films than yourself.

Fury Road was the best damn action film of the summer...and it will probably stand the test of time to become one of the best damn action films of the last decade.  It's more than worthy of carrying on the mantle of Max.
21  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: September 03, 2015, 05:21:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 03, 2015, 01:17:48 AM

Are you really so naive to say that this isn't the new normal? The fringe are running things now.

Are you really so full of hate for anything that you don't agree with that you think it's the end of the world?  What in the hell is being hurt by this?  Name one damn thing.  Other than your sense of self righteous indignation, that is.

Welcome to America:  the land of free speech.  You don't like it, the door is over there.

USA..USA...USA!   icon_razz
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: September 03, 2015, 04:57:36 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 02, 2015, 09:55:57 PM

I assumed that was a joke.   

You're too kind. 

Quote from: Ironrod on September 03, 2015, 02:26:26 AM

That's just a fantastic 2-hour movie that brings back the art of film making from the precipice of CGI hacks, and reinvigorates the action film genre by giving world building the center stage in what otherwise might have been a cliched, tired car chase film.

23  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: September 02, 2015, 07:11:50 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 28, 2015, 01:37:02 PM

“With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all,” wrote Donna Braquet in a posting on the university’s website. “One way to do that is to use a student’s chosen name and their correct pronouns.”

Would you like me to tell those damn kids to get off your lawn, grandpa?  

Of course we see it as silly.  Every generation does something that the last one finds silly.  Hippies in the 60's, beatniks in the 50's, gender neutral folks in the 10's.  There will be something they find silly a generation from now.  The world didn't end the other times, so why the hell should anyone care?  It's not like anyone is getting violent over this.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: September 02, 2015, 07:07:24 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 19, 2015, 11:34:13 PM

Quote from: Ironrod
Guess I'm going to have to either stall or give in and see something else.

Magic Mike XXL

It has to be something she'd want to see as well, I imagine.
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This is Fun Pt. 4: Religion and Politics Edition (NSFW Warning) on: August 05, 2015, 07:53:11 PM
Does that guy being forced into a life of confectionery servitude for his gay overlords have the worst haircut or what? It's like he started a mohawk, but just couldn't commit to the mohawk.

As a side note, I'm perfectly fine with gay dessert lovers forcing Entenmann employees to make them a german chocolate cake at gunpoint.  I know the first thing African Americans did after the civil rights act was to violently demand that they get free sodas at all Denny's and Bob Evans.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 04, 2015, 12:57:50 PM
Is this creating any tension with our neighbors up north?  I'd really hate for this to result in any bad blood that would eventually erupt into violence.  Or a poutine embargo.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 04:41:43 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 03, 2015, 04:24:17 PM

If it had made it to Eastern Ohio, it would have been burned at the stake. 

As an Ohioan born and bred, I take issue with this statement.  We have yet to figure out how fire works.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 03:53:56 PM
I am disappointed in my country sometimes. 

This is one of those times.   icon_cry
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 07, 2015, 05:54:41 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 06, 2015, 07:59:36 PM

I don't quite understand the general audience/critic reaction, it seems like people had a pre-determined notion to not want to like this movie

To be fair, I would counter that some people had a predetermined notion they would love this film.  icon_wink
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 04, 2015, 12:00:19 PM
I saw it Thursday and while it was a somewhat fun popcorn movie, it was still a mediocre at best entry in the series.

I think part of the problem for me is that Emilia Clarke was just not a very good Sarah Connor.  I know filling Linda Hamilton's shoes is a tall order, but Clarke is just...doll like.  She has no edges.  I never once believed she was capable of holding her own against a real toaster, let alone a terminator. 

I will say that Arnold won me over.  I went into the film thinking he'd be the weak link, but I thought he was fantastic.  I have quite a few problems with the story, but I was able to put them aside because he was so damn charming.

I would say it's a Netflix night for those on the fence.  And if you do go to a theater to see it, don't pay more than a matinee price.   icon_wink
31  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: July 01, 2015, 01:03:51 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 30, 2015, 05:39:16 PM

Perhaps the most discouraging aspect of today’s decision is the extent to which the majority feels compelled to sully those on the other side of the debate. The majority offers a cursory assurance that it does not intend to disparage people who, as a matter of conscience, cannot accept samesex marriage. That disclaimer is hard to square with the very next sentence, in which the majority explains that “the necessary consequence” of laws codifying the traditional definition of marriage is to “demea[n] or stigmatiz[e]” same-sex couples… It is one thing for the majority to conclude that the Constitution protects a right to same-sex marriage; it is something  else to portray everyone who does not share the majority’s ‘better informed understanding’ as bigoted.”

It's called karma.  Deal with it.   icon_biggrin

But in all seriousness, a growing section of this country has had enough of being portrayed as immoral components in the downfall of what some wrongfully perceive as a christian nation.  So when they fight back by letting them know that they truly believe they're the harmful force, you shouldn't be surprised.

They don't want to be called bigots?  Prove it by taking the bible to heart and turning the other cheek.
32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 12:44:43 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 30, 2015, 03:46:45 AM

The Silent generation? I haven't heard of that one before.

ooooh, i saw what you did there.   ninja
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: June 29, 2015, 04:53:38 PM
I would like to be a fly on the wall at Eco's house right now.
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 29, 2015, 04:52:53 PM
The only people that oppose this are Christians with antiquated, questionable values.  The same values that saw them so actively oppose interracial marriages not that long ago.
35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: June 25, 2015, 06:23:21 PM
You're thinking of Perry Mason.  He's always in the middle of a criminal case.
36  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: June 23, 2015, 01:53:13 PM
The bolded sections in that quote sum up his prejudicial views perfectly.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 22, 2015, 01:42:03 PM
Also, there's no such thing as werewolves in real life!
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 01, 2015, 03:37:07 PM
I hate HTD's...
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 01, 2015, 02:51:20 PM
I'd sex a harpie in this game if it asked me what time it was.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fury on: May 30, 2015, 04:27:49 PM
It was fun.  But it was a bit jarring to hear someone say "fag" during a joke.  Maybe it's funny in Sweden, I guess.
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